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Burkina Faso's President resigns after protests

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 10:09 PM

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.



Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days.



An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou.



Yesterday, protesters angry at Compaore's attempt to amend the constitution set fire to parliament.



Following the protests, Compaore said he had agreed not to seek another term, but would remain in power until a transitional government had completed its work in 2015.



However, the opposition continued to demand that he resign.



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